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Are you a current Homeward Trails volunteer or just looking to get more involved? We are currently looking to train new Event Coordinators and would love for you to be one! Event Coordinators are crucial to our success and provide a source of outreach in our community by running dog adoption events at our partner stores, as well as special community events! You’ll be rewarded in more puppy snuggles than you can handle! If interested in becoming an Event Coordinator, email Dog Events Manager Jessica at jessica.t.griggs@gmail.com.

We hope to see you at the 2016 Humane Lobby Day on January 28th in Richmond! This important annual event, hosted by the Humane Society of the United States, brings together animal advocates throughout the Commonwealth to learn about important pieces of animal-focused legislation coming before the Virginia General Assembly this year. You will hear from reps of the animal community about what the legislation means, why it’s important and how to speak to your elected officials. You will also have the opportunity to meet directly with your legislator to share your input on these important bills. Please join us and invite your fellow animal advocates.

Click here to register….don’t miss this great opportunity to speak up for the animals!

 

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Each year Homeward Trail spends thousands and thousands of dollars on supplies to care for our animals and support the general operations of our organization.  We always strive to keep our costs as low as possible so that we can spend every extra dollar saving more lives.  One simple way you can help is by donating these supplies – everything from postage stamps, to cleaning supplies, to ink catridges and paper, to dog and cat food and litter. Our wishlists are updated twice a week so you can always find our most current needs.  Please consider donating supplies to help us cover the cost of these items. The more we are able to get donated, the more animals we can help.  Thank you!

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General Supplies Wishlist

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There are many things you can do in your own community, in your own state and across the country to help animals. Come learn how to be an effective animal advocate!! Join Homeward Trails, the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington to learn more about local, state and national efforts to help animals and the many, many ways you can get involved. Make a difference in your community today for animals!

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Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PMArlington County Parks Recreation Center
2700 S Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22206

Homeward Trails Partner CHASE needs your support!

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CHASE will be holding An Evening for (and with) the Animals at Café Caturra on Sunday, July 21 at from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 2931 South Glebe Road, Arlington, VA.

  • Please join us to raise funds for the programs of CHASE
  • Bring your dog and enjoy the outdoor patio
  • Enjoy fantastic food & drink specials while mingling with other local animal lovers
  • Learn about ways you can get involved with helping homeless animals

CHASE is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of, and providing support for, animal welfare initiatives. CHASE is committed to making a positive impact on communities by reducing the overpopulation of cats and dogs and decreasing animal suffering through compassionate care.

Congressman Jim Moran Introduces Resolution Opposing Gas Chamber For Shelter Pets. Contact YOUR local Representative TODAY!

Last week, Congressman Jim Moran, representing Northern Virginia and co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, introduced a resolution (H.Res 208) opposing the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals and encouraging individual States to ban the cruel practice. Twenty states (including Virginia) have already done so.

“Death by gas is unnecessarily prolonged, terrifying and painful and it is unconscionable that this tactic is still being used in this country,” said Debbie Marson, local animal protection advocate and volunteer for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.  “Lethal injection is more humane, more cost effective and only takes seconds.  Euthanasia, after all, means ‘good death.’  Death by gas chamber does not meet this definition.

The Resolution has already gathered support from over 400 groups including national, state, and local animal protection and rescue organizations. Homeward Trails is one of them!

HT adopters, volunteers and supporters are some of the most loyal animal advocates in the country and we need your help NOW! We are told time and time again how a few phone calls and e-mails make a real difference on issues affecting animals…..so PLEASE take just a few minutes and make one simple call. It’s that easy.

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE TODAY AND ASK THEM TO COSPONSOR THE RESOLUTION. Click HERE to find your Representative and their contact information.

Sample language: “Hello, my name is NAME and I’m a constituent of CONGRESSMAN NAME. I am calling to ask for his/her support in co-sponsoring House Resolution 208, Jim Moran’s effort to ban gas chambers. Please let him/her know that I want to see an end to gas chambers and hope he/she will sign on to make it happen.”

Share this effort with friends, family and colleagues via Facebook!

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A message from our friends at the ASPCA:

Congress is considering the Safegaurd American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their export abroad for that purpose.

Will you take a moment today to call your federal legislators in Congress to urge them to support the SAFE Act?

 

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Terrified foxes are rounded up from the wild, caged and then let go to be mauled by dogs in an enclosed area all in the name of human recreation. (photo courtesy of HSUS)

Terrified foxes are rounded up from the wild, caged and then let go to be mauled by dogs in an enclosed area all in the name of human recreation. (photo courtesy of HSUS)

We are thrilled to report that the issue of fox penning in Virginia is gaining momentum. We hope to soon see this practice be abolished in Virginia. Fox penning is a canned hunt of foxes that usually results in the inhumane death of foxes and often injury to the dogs involved. Foxes are trapped in the wild and then placed into fenced areas (pens) where dozens of dogs are then set loose to hunt them down and tear them apart. Unlike in the wild, the foxes cannot escape to safety because they are penned in.

Animal advocates in Virginia have been successful in getting this issue to recently pass the full Senate! And your continued support is still needed! Recently, some of us attended the Humane Society sponsored Humane Lobby Day in Richmond to meet with our elected officials and encourage them to keep this effort moving forward. And it worked!

Please visit the below links to learn more about the case and what easy steps you can take to voice your opinion!

Virginia: End Cruel Fox Pens

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Stay tuned for detailed information and steps you can take on this issue. Homeward Trails is working with local animal advocates and our local elected officials to pass measures that will restrict the number of hours dogs can be kept outdoors on chains. Life on a chain is no life for an animal. You can help bring change in your community!!

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Sodapop was rescued by Homeward Trails after life on a chain resulted in a severely embedded collar. Sodapop required surgery to address the badly infected wound on his neck.
Susie spent four years living on a chain enduring freezing nights, hot summer days, flea and tick infestation and heartworm before being rescued by Homeward Trails.
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Stay tuned for detailed information and steps you can take on this issue. Homeward Trails is working with local animal advocates to prevent inhumane pet stores from opening in our area as well as cracking down on those already operating.

Puppy mills confine dogs in small, unsanitary and unsafe cages where they are overbred for years. Their misery creates puppies that are sold in pet stores. Many suffer from genetic health issues and well as severe behavioral issues.

Puppy mills confine dogs in small, unsanitary and unsafe cages where they are overbred for years. Their misery creates puppies that are sold in pet stores. Many suffer from genetic health issues and well as severe behavioral issues.

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